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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 709: DISTAFF, II: Textiles Crossing Borders

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Coatsworth, now retired
Paper 709-aThe Crossover of Design Motifs in Art from Early Medieval England: Metalwork to Embroidery, Embroidery to Metalwork, or Wider Material Cultural Influences
(Language: English)
Alexandra M. Lester-Makin, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Social History
Paper 709-bSilk Dresses and Buttons for Saintly Bones in Wooden Bodies: 14th-Century Fashion and Cologne's Virgin Martyrs
(Language: English)
Claire Kilgore, Department of Art History University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Art History - General, Economics - Trade, Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 709-cWeaving Civic Identity: Islamic Textiles' Influence on the Fa├žades of San Michele in Foro and San Martino in Lucca
(Language: English)
Tania Kolarik, Department of Art History University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Economics - Trade, Islamic and Arabic Studies

The first paper focuses on interrelationships between metalwork and embroidery designs. How did designs transfer medium? Was it one way, or more complex influence across societies and material culture? The second investigates painted garments on 14th-century wooden images of Virgin Martyrs, suggesting they wear contemporary, fashionable garments of textiles replicating Italian and imported eastern silks to communicate their heavenly status.The third argues that intarsia on the facades of San Michele in Foro and San Martino in the textile-production centre, Lucca, mimic figural and geometric textile motifs from the 13th-century Islamic world, which contemporary viewers would recognise as reflecting their civic identity.